The Evolution of The American Household

The American household has gone through some major shifts over the last several decades.

The Evolution of The American Household

The American household has gone through some major shifts over the last several decades. Where married couples once made up over two-thirds of all households, now they make up less than half. The share of households with married couples and children has more than halved since 1970. There has been notable growth in men and women living alone, with women being 24% more likely to live alone than men. Other family and non- family households have also had significant growth, nearly doubling (94% growth) from 1970 to 2012 (US Census Bureau, 2012).

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